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Is your car so old it is not equipped with blinkers, or was it just cheaper to buy it without 

There are many things that I say when I am driving down the road and the majority of them 
should not be repeated in front of my grandparents. I wouldn't say that I have road rage. I've 
never tried to run another car off the road; though the thought has crossed my mind. Other peo- 
ple just need to learn how to drive. I know I could use a couple of lessons but I don't need 
them as bad as some people do. I do know where my blinker is, how to use it and also what a 
stoplight means. 

Imagine driving down a four-lane road and someone cuts you off and slams on their brakes. 
What goes through your mind when something like this happens? Maybe "I'm glad I was pay- 
ing close attention, or I would have been in an accident." 

Speaking of car accidents, I have been the victim of an inattentive driver, so I personally 
know how careless people can be. A friend and I were driving down the road, just like every- 
one else, and were stopped by a red light. There were a few cars stopped in front of us, so it 
was obvious, along with the RED light, that we needed to stop. I had noticed a car a couple 
blocks before the stop, which was driving inattentively. That same person ended up rear-ending 
us at the light; therefore my car bounced off the car stopped in front of us. What was the other 
driver doing? Why did the driver fail to see my nearly neon yellow car? Even though neither 
my passenger nor I was seriously hurt in the crash, my car suffered $2,000 worth of damage. 

Which brings me to my next point, why do some people attempt to drive, read, apply make- 
up, talk on a cell phone and operate their navigational system all at the same time? When you 
sit behind the wheel of something as powerful as a vehicle, focus only on driving. The maga- 
zine you are reading, or mascara you are applying can wait until the car is stopped. 

Advice for Driving: 1 . Stop signs should read, "Make a complete stop, count to three and 
make sure there is no one coming before you take off down the road." 

2. Speed bumps are meant to make you slow down, not project your car three feet in the air as 
you zoom over it. 

3. Pedestrians have the right of way. Let them walk across the street! It's cruel when you're 
waiting to cross the street in the cold rain, and cars fly by splashing you with rainwater. 

4. Speed limits were created for a reason. Even though you think going ten to 20 miles over 
the speed limit will get you to your location faster, if you cause an accident or get pulled over 
your time will only be wasted on speeding. 

I think everyone who sits behind the wheel needs to realize driving is a privilege, not a con- 
stitutional right. We all need to learn how to obey the rules and think of the wonderful opportu- 
nity that has been given to us. I would sure hate to walk everywhere I went because of the stu- 
pidity of others. 

Misty Lee Turner 


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Meet the Author. Misty 

Turner enjoys taking photos, but 
not getting her own taken, and 
writing for the magazine. Turner is a 
sophomore and plans on furthering 
her education by becoming a drug 
counselor. (Photo by Eden Fuson) 


5. Lester w. Nixon 

. Bringing Awareness to Others 

. Joining the Willi 

14. Dr. John Jenkinson 
16. Simon Ngata 

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tl Dorado, Kansas 67042-3280 

Managing Editor 
Eden Fuson 

Misty Turner 

Associate Editor 
Kristin Sunley 

Design Editor 
Rhonda Giefer 

Oniine Editor 
Anthony Carver 

Photo Editor 
Sasha Noble 

Cony Editors 
Shila Young 
Josie Bartel 

Business Manager 
Andrea Downing 

Circulation Manager 
Man Halm 

Feature/Staff Writer 
Carissa Shaffer 

Mike Swan 

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In the cover... 

Vrtist: Lynn Havel 

Title: Speak to Me 

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas 

The friends and family of Larry Brown gave the artwork to 

BCCC. "Speak To Me" was dedicated Oct. 20, 1995. 

(Photo by Sasha Noble) 

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Morning Study 
Kyle Bowen 

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Grizzly Photo Editor Sasha 
Noble found that Butler is full of 
brilliant, creative art. If you took a 
moment to look around while walk- 
ing to class, you would also see the 
breathtaking art of BCCC, she says. 
Not only does the 700 building have 
the Erman B. White art gallery, just 
look at the walls in the 300 building 
(art department), the 700 building 
and all over campus. The walls 
always serve as the home to aston- 
ishing works of art, she reports. Take 
a moment to appreciate the art at 

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There is a 
place on the Butler 
campus it seems 
almost all the students 
use, either in class or on their own. That place is 
the library. Students use it for anything from 
looking up information to meeting for class or just 
as a place to study. There is a man behind the 

The library on the El Dorado campus is the L.W. 
Nixon Library, which is in the 600 building, or 
Hubbard Center, on the second floor. The library 
was dedicated in his honor in 1982. Lester Nixon 
was a teacher at Butler for 38 years. Nixon taught 
composition, debate, literature, psychology and 
speech. He also directed more than 50 plays and 
coached debate. His team placed first many times 
in the National Junior College Debate Tournaments. 

Nixon began teaching in a one-room school near 
Natoma in Osborne County. Nixon received his 
teaching certificate in 1916. In 1918, he enrolled in 
Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, but due to 
World War I, his education was put on hold. After 
the war, Nixon returned to school and graduated in 
1 92 1 . Before teaching at Butler, he was principal 
and superintendent of many Kansas schools. 

On June 11, 1924, Nixon married Maudine 
Smith, who was also a teacher. The Nixons taught 
together for the next two years at Sun City in 
Barber County. It was at that time the two of them 
went to Columbia University in New York, where 
both received Masters Degrees in 1927. 

In 1929, the two returned to Kansas. Maudine 
became a teacher at Oil Hill High School. Nixon 
began teaching at the newly created El Dorado 

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Junior College, which at that time was two years old. 

Nixon was the head of the language and litera- 
ture department and was the advisor for the student 
newspaper and the yearbook. In 1959, Nixon was 
nominated as Kansas Teacher of the Year. 

Nixon was granted an exception to the retire- 
me nt age of 65 and was allowed to stay untill the 

"I am especially 
pleased to have been 
involved in the transi- 
tion of a small local 
junior college - with 
an enrollment of less 
than 1 00, to an out- 
standing regional com- 
munity college that has 
reached high levels of 

state and national 
recognition for its out- 
standing programs." 

age of 70. Nixon turned down many opportunities 
to transfer to four-year universities to stay at Butler. 
He said that he was particularly proud to have been 
an influence on many of his students who followed 
in his footsteps to become educators themselves. 


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Story By Andrea N. 


Photos courtesy of the 

Butler Web Site 

The Butler web site quotes Nixon as saying, "I am 
especially pleased to have been involved in the tran- 
sition of a small local junior college - with an 
enrollment of less than 100, to an outstanding 
regional community college that has reached high 
levels of state and national recognition for its out- 
standing programs." 

April 23-27, 1974, was designated as Nixon 
Week after his 45 years of serving with Butler. A 
farewell banquet was held in his honor on April 23. 
At that time, President Edwin J. Walbourn 
announced the library would be named after him. 

Once the honor was bestowed, no one knew 
what Nixon's preference for the name would be. 
Some of the choices were Lester W. Nixon, Lester 
Nixon, L.W. Nixon and even Nixon Memorial 

which was 
since he 
planned on 
around a 
few more 
years. He 
was here 
for 33 
more. In 
the end, he 
selected L. 
W. Nixon 
This upset 

his good 



Kuhlmann, a Butler English teacher. She believed 

that you always used a given name when bestowing 

an honor. The choice was Nixon's, however. 

Nixon saw the small, struggling school grow 
into an expansion in 1966. It became Butler 
County Community College in that year. Nixon 
was one of the key individuals in the process of 
establishing the new campus. 

Library Hours 

Monday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Tuesday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. 

Wednesday 8 a.m. -9 p.m. 

Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Saturday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. 

Sunday 5 p.m. -9 p.m. 

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Bringing Awareness to Others 

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Anyone taking Substance 
Abuse Awareness class can 
clearly see that Debbie 
[ Sawtelle loves her job. 

"I hope that I can make a 
difference in someone's life or 
situation," says Sawtelle, the 
lead instructor of Addictions 
Sawtelle coordinates the program and also 
teaches within it. Working with treatment 
agencies in the Wichita area as well as in the 
Hutchinson and 
Newton areas, 
these places have 
chosen to work 
with the students 
and have hired 

She is a Butler 
alumna, receiving 
her Associate of 
Arts. She also graduated from Emporia State 
University with a Bachelor of Science in 
Education, and earned a Master of Education 
degree in counseling and school psychology 
from Wichita State University. She has devot- 
ed much of her life to exactly that. At the 
Summer Institute at Rutgers College in New 
Jersey, she aquired additional training. 

To assist all students, Sawtelle shows vari- 
ous informative films about drugs. She says 
there are auditory and visual learners; she tries 
to teach both. She says some will get the infor- 
mation through a lecture, while others don't 
grasp the facts until they see it. "It's important 
to show many images of different things," she 

Sawtelle hopes she will be able to chal- 
lenge students' attitudes and beliefs about 
drugs, including alcohol. She also encourages 
students to "look at these drugs and be able to 

A lot of people have been 
touched by abuse or addic- 
tion* eithei;personally or in 
the family, says Debbie 

begin to understand the effects on the 

From hearing Sawtelle speak about the 
subject matter, one can easily see that she 
has a passion for it. 

The main reason is, "I'm in recovery 
myself," she says. 

For the past 2 1 years, she has been in 
recovery from an addiction to alcohol. After 
she graduated from college, she wondered if 
she had a "problem," which eventually led 
her to treatment, recovery and her current 
fields of study. 

Her experiences 
with her own addic- 
tion have given her 
much insight in help- 
ing others. She says it 
helps her to relate 
with others with the 
same problems, 
because she has expe- 
rienced the problems 
and the feelings associated with them. 

"A lot of people have been touched by 
abuse or addiction either personally or in 
the family," she says. 

Those who take those experiences and 
use them to help others have a "passion" for 
it, she says. 

Sawtelle is one of those people she 
speaks of. 

Behind the Class 

In January 1993, Kansas legislation passed 
that drug abuse counselors are to be certified 
through the Kansas Department of Social and 
Rehabilitation Service/ Substance Abuse 
Prevention, Treatment and Recovery 
(SRS/SAPTR). Students can take 20 credit 
hours for SAPTR certification. 

Substance Abuse Awareness is offered as a 
behavioral science elective and is a require- 
ment for those earning their certificate in 
SAPTR. A degree for Associates in Applied 
Science with 25 technical hours and 39 gener- 
al education hours, for a total of 62, is also 

Those who earn a certificate can work in a 
variety of agencies, including those that assist 
youth and families and halfway houses, along 
with various drug and alcohol abuse treatment 

The course objectives for Substance Abuse 
Awareness, as stated in the syllabus, are to 
identify the behavioral, psychological effects 
and the physical health and social effects of 
various psychoactive drugs; and identify mod- 
els and theories of addiction and other sub- 
stance-related problems. Students must also be 
able to discuss risk factors for addiction, the 

importance of health and life skills, explain the effects 
substance abuse has on the user, family and/or signifi- 
cant other and identify community substance abuse pre- 
vention organizations and users. 

"I didn't know anything about drugs until I took this 
class," says Trisha Barkus, sophomore from Augusta. 
She took the class for a requirement because she says, "I 
thought it would be more interesting and easier than the 
other classes." 

Brandon Daniels, freshman from Lees Summitt, Mo., 
chose Substance Abuse Awareness because his field of 
study is Physical Therapy. 

"I have learned the way drugs affect the body and 
inhibit some of the functions of your body," he says. 

They're Fake. The Drug Identification 
Guide with synthetic versions that are made to 
look like the real thing. Miles Erpelding, 
Administrative Justice, has the guide which he 
uses for all of his classes that discuss drugs. The 
guide separates the drugs into classifications like 
stimulants, depressents and cocaine. (Photos 
courtesy Miles Erpelding) 


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The Facts Behind the Drugs 

Source (unless otherwise noted) 
Photos courtesy Miles Erpelding, Administrative Justice 

street Names: Pot, Ritalill- 

This is commonly prescribed to children who have a high level of 

activity or have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit 

Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 

This drug has been illegally used for 

stimulating effects. It is more potent 

than caffeine, but less than metham- 

phetamine. It can be taken orally or snorted. 

Herb, Grass, Gangster, 
Chronic, Mary Jane. 
This mind-altering 
| drug causes delayed 
response times, problems with memory 
and learning, distorted perception, diffi- 
culty with thinking and problem solving, 
increased heart rate, anxiety and a loss of 

Marijuana is a mixture of green, 
brown or grey dry shredded leaves, 
stems, seeds or flowers of the cannabis 
plant. It is smoked to acquire psychotrop- 
ic effects. There has been controversy for 
decades now on whether or not marijua- 
na should be legalized for medicinal pur- 
poses. It has been legalized in several 
states for that use, but the federal govern- 
ment still considers it a Schedule I drug, 
not available for medical use. 


Street Names: Roofies 


According to a pamplet made by 
Health Edco, (, 
these club drugs, commonly called 
"date rape drugs," cause sedation and 
amnesia. They can also induce diffi- 
culty moving and speaking and a loss 
of judgment. Both of these side 
effects can cause coma and death. 
Some people have even been found 
dead with the drugged needle still in 
their arms as they 
were trying to 
inject it. When 
combined with 
alcohol, as they 
commonly are, the 
effects are even more likely to cause 

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street Names: Adam, XTC, hug, beans, love drug 
This is one of the fastest growing club drugs; however, it's also 
one of the most toxic. It is a stimulant and causes hallucinations. 
It can cause the body temperature to rise, resulting in muscle 
breakdown, kidney and cardiovascular system failure. The effects 
that can occur when the drug is taken are psychological difficul- 
ties, confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, anxiety 
and paranoia. In studies with primates who were exposed to 
ecstasy for four days, the brain showed damage 6-7 years later. 

Problems from this legal drug cost society nearly $185 
billion a year according the National Institute on Drug 
'Abuse (NIDA). The costs of alcohol-related deaths can 
not possibly be calculated. Nearly half of all highway fatalities are 
related to alcohol. Long-term drinking can cause hepatitis and cir- 
rhosis of the liver, heart disease, cancer and pancreatitis. Nearly 
14 million Americans, or one in 13 adults, are alcoholics, reports 
NIDA. Many more are alcohol abusers and they account for most 
of the alcohol-related problems in our society. 


'Nicotine is the highly addictive chemical found 
in smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco. The 
American Lung Association considers nicotine more addictive 
than alcohol and cocaine. They also believe it is the true "gate- 
way" drug, leading to further use of drugs. The average age for a 
smoker to start using nicotine is 16. Tobacco-related deaths kill 
more than any other disease, reports the book "Buzzed." 


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As every student who lives in the U.S. ponders 
their future, more than likely they will, at least 
briefly, think about the military. Some consider it to 
further their education, others for on-the-job experi- 
ence and there are even those who do it for the plain 
thrill/adventure of it all. There are hundreds to thou- 
sands of reasons why someone might join the mili- 
tary, but what are some reasons that would make it 
worth it? 

Adventure, money, structure, education, respect 
and experience are all reasons given. 

A student currently considering joining the mili- 
tary, Daniel Webster, a sophomore from El Dorado, 
says, "I want to join the Army, because there are over 
200 different Military Occupational Specialties that 
you can have." 

He also says, "I would gain valuable experience, 
as well as free education and training from the mili- 
tary. The military could open doors for my education 
that I won't be able to go through without it, because 
of the Montgomery G. I. Bill and the Advanced 
Individual Training." 

Webster plans to join the military in the next two 
years. Webster would receive both experience and 

education, two of the most valuable traits to employ- 
ers today. Plus after his service if he chooses to con- 
tinue his education he'll be supported by the military 
through his G. I. Bill. 

Dan Young, a sophomore from Schooley's 
Mountain, N.J., says in an e-mail, "The G.I. Bill is 
structured to provide financial assistance in the form 
of a government check issued monthly directly to the 
veteran for school related costs as long as he or she is 
attending school and maintaining an acceptable grade 
point average. The amount of the payment is based 
upon the number of credit hours being carried. 
Twelve credit hours is considered full-time atten- 
dance for means of financial assistance, and such 
hours warrant the full amount of the G.I. Bill pay- 
ment, which is $900 per month. Benefits stop after 
the tenth anniversary of the date one exits the mili- 
tary or when a B.A. is earned by the veteran." 

Young enlisted his senior year of high school, in 
1989, and served for eight and a half years before 
leaving the Marines. The educational benefits help 
Young through college. 

"I work full-time, which makes for some long 
days as I carry a full load of classes, and the G. I. Bill 
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use toward meeting school-related financial needs," 
says Young. 

Even if the military had not provided educational 
benefits. Young knows the value and importance that 
it can provide. "The long-term benefits of a college 
education far outweigh the temporary financial debt 
one might incur during the pursuit of a degree." 

what they took from the military will benefit them for 
the rest of their lives. And the military continues to 
support them as they go their own directions scholas- 
tically. Even though the military seems to provide a 
lot, there are those who have their reasons for not 
joining. But it's up to everyone to decide what's best 
for them, and where their education can take them. 

Another current student and veteran is freshman 
Dale Kerstetter of Bluestem. 

He says, "A sum of money is given every month 
while I'm attending college, tax free to my knowl- 

Kerstetter is a veteran of the Army; he served four 
years worth of active duty. He now attends Butler, 
advancing the training he received in the military. He 
is working to be a doctor of osteopathic medicine. 

Kerstetter says that other than stress management, 
the medical knowledge he gathered while serving 
was the most important thing he learned. 

With all that the military offers you, is it worth 
the service you provide them? How much is the 
future worth? These gentlemen have pointed out that 

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Can teachers do more than teach? 

An insight into Dr. John Jenkinson 

Have you ever thought of your teacher as a person? It may sound a little silly but think about it. Is that 
person at the front of the class lulling you to sleep an actual person or just the desk in Charlie Brown going 
'wa-wa wa wa-wa'? 

Well, let's break that mold and find out who Butler's Dr. John Jenkinson is. What has he learned on this 
roller coaster called life that could possibly impact your life. . .besides putting you to sleep? We know that he 
is an English and Creative Literature teacher and the advisor for Phi Theta Kappa. Let's find out what we 
don't know. 

Dr. Jenkinson said he has learned much from life 
and school in the 50 years he has been around. As 
with many small town communities, he enjoyed what 
he considers a classic 1950s child's life in 
Independence. Don't know what that is like? Think 
"Leave it to Beaver." However, all good things come 
to pass. When Dr. Jenkinson was 1 1, his parents 
divorced and he moved to Wichita with his mother. 
Imagine going from a town of 2,000 to a city of 
200,000 with so many more things to discover. 

'Ah, the glitz and glamour of Wichita' you think. 
Little did you know there are plenty of activities to 
divert your attention from the important things. In 
Dr. Jenkinson's case, it was school that fell off the list 
of priorities and he chose to drop out during the tenth 

However, this wasn't the end. After a short break, 
he tested for special admission to Wichita State 
University. He doesn't even know how it happened, 
but he was accepted. This began the second try at 
school. Unfortunately, it didn't last long. Sixteen- 
year-old Dr. Jenkinson thought that it would be more 
interesting to live with his friends that had assembled 
a band. Wouldn't you? The band and scholastic 
interests clashed. WSU was left behind for about 1 1 

With a few of life's lessons under his belt, Dr. 
Jenkinson was working as a cab driver and again 
restarting his scholastic life. He started his first 
semester with one evening class. However, test anxi- 
ety almost ended it. "I almost had the teacher call an 
ambulance for me," he says, but he persevered and 

The next semester consisted of two classes and so 
forth until he received his Master of Fine Arts. 



rOCtry ttlQIl. Here stands the poet among us. Dr. 
Jenkinson is trying to bring more literary sources to Butler. He 
has already succeeded in bringing Dr. Bruce Bond to the cam- 

After WSU, Dr. Jenkinson traveled to the 
University of North Texas. He again applied himself 
which earned him a Ph.D. in Contemporary 
Literature, Poetics and Poetry Writing. This became 
the gateway through which Dr. Jenkinson came to 
Butler. Getting his Ph.D. led to a Milton Center 
Fellowship at Newman College in Wichita. 
Afterwards, it was a choice of where to start teaching. 

Most beginning teachers search campuses nation- 
wide and travel to wherever a position is open. 
However, Dr. Jenkinson's wife was rooted in Wichita 
so his options were limited to a 30-mile radius sur- 
rounding the Air Capital, but he didn't have far to 
look. As luck would have it, there was a full-time 
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How do you think today's literature differs from recent history? 

"The literature in this country, since the 1830s, has been healthy. Presently there is a 
movement in poetry away from free verse to structured writing. There is also a definite 
resurgence of oral poetry seen in poetic performance and rap music. " 

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What are some suggestions you can give beginning writers? 

"Read broadly and deeply. The problem with beginning poets is that they're not familiar with what has 

been done. Don't try to reinvent the wheel." 

"Take up other intellectual pursuits. Artistry helps to develop your visual skills while music helps with 
your auditory skills. The more you explore something the better you can describe it." 

"All writers need to express specifics. People lose too much to abstraction." 

All in all, he feels lucky to be here. "The English department here is so. . .pleasant," says Dr. Jenkinson. 
"The teachers are supportive of each other and the students are original. It's great." 

If you would like to experience some of Dr. Jenkinson's rousing classes look for his Fundamentals of 
English (2928), English Comp I (2933, 2937), English Comp II (2942, 2961), Creative Writing (1528) and 
American Literature I (4118), which is new to the Butler 2003 spring schedule. 

You can also view a collection of his poetry in the newly published book "A History of Sleep." 





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Story by Kristin Sunley 

Simon Ngata, 2 1 , Kenya sopho- 
more, has been the national champi- 
on in cross-country for the past two 
years in a row. Last year he was 
also the national champion for the 
5,000-meter indoor. If people don't 
know him as an outstanding runner, 
they would probably recognize his 
name from being one of the Fall 
2002 homecoming candidates. 
Besides being a top athlete and up 
for homecoming king, what is 
Ngata's real life story? 

Ngata grew up in Nairobi 
Kiambu, Kenya. He moved to the 
United States, and has lived in El 
Dorado for the past year and a half. 
His uncle, Ng'ang'a Ngata, head 
coach with the Young Runner 
Organization for Jomo Kenyatta 
University, helped Ngata decide to 
come to the United States to run and 
get an education. Kirk Hunter, 
Butler's head coach for cross-coun- 
try and track for the past three years, 
offered Ngata a cross-country and 
track scholarship to come here. 
Ngata came to Butler County 
Community College to study and to 
run. Ngata says, "My goal is to 

achieve a bachelors degree and to 
become a professional runner." 

Hunter believes that Ngata has 
the ability to achieve his goals. 
He says, "He's got a great shot; 
he's made great improvement and 
he realizes he has opportunities to 
become a better runner." Hunter 
says Ngata brings many contribu- 
tions to the team. 

Simon's family is also very 
supportive. His oldest sister, Edith 
Gicharu, 27, says, "Simon started 
running back in primary school 
where his talent was discovered, 
and since then he has never given 
up. He would never let anyone 
discourage him on the person he 
would become." 

Due to his personal running 
records, Ngata has been offered 
full scholarships to 20 different 
universities in the United States. 
Next year he is planning on going 
to the University of Georgia, 
which, he says, is very competitive 
in their track and cross-country for 
the Southeastern Conference. 
Ngata also chose the University of 
Georgia for what the school offers 

"He's brought a lot of leadership to the team, and 

he's been a tremendous role model as a person, 

runner, as well as a student." 

Coach Kirk Hunter 


National ChaiWp! Last year Simon Ngata fin- 
ishes in first place at Regionals in El Dorado. 
(Courtesy Photo) 

as far as education. 

He says, "They have a very good 
academic program; it is a business 
school, which is what my major is." 

Ngata has another main goal 
other than running and studying. 
Ngata says, "Running and studying 
is a luxury to me; my main goal is 
to preach the word of God." 

Ngata says, "My family are 
devoted Christians. We believe in 
God, as the Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit. We have seen the blessings 
and what God has done in our 

Gicharu says, "God has been 
loving, merciful, gracious and 
always moving us to higher places. 
His ways are marvelous and we are 
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helped us live believing in Him and 
worshipping Him as a loving dad." 

Ngata says, "One day I was 
thinking how I could change my 
life. Instantly I knew God was the 
only person who could change my 
life. I wanted people to talk about 
the God in me." 

Gicharu says, "Simon was 
brought up in a Christian way. 
He attended Sunday school 
with his brothers and sisters, 
and was a very active member. 
When he grew up he was not 
resistant to the gospel and he 
accepted the Lord and Savior 
in his life. He has been a 
strong Christian and shown his 
Christian virtues in all that he 
did. He has been very prayer- 
ful and encouraging to others 
and to our entire family." 

Ngata grew up in a church, 
but says, "To be saved isn't 
when you go to church, you 
have to be born again by giv- 
ing your heart to God." 

He says, "I received Christ 
as my personal savior when I 
was 18, and then I testified to 
other believers." 

really enjoyed growing up in Kenya 
because my mom and dad took good 
care of me." 

His dad is a graduate teacher and 
his mom is a businesswoman. 
Ngata has two younger brothers and 
two older sisters. 

He says, "I sometimes get home- 

it was hard to see him leave. "As 
brothers and sisters it was a big 
blow to us, since he was our role 
model, and since we have been 
brought up together we felt as if we 
lost him. God is great and He gave 
us hope and we adjusted. We love 
and miss him very much." 

His family con- 
tinues, "Since 
Simon is an ambi- 
tious young man 
moving to the 
States was thrilling 
and exciting to us 
as a family and 
more so to him. 
We joined him in 
prayers that God 
would accomplish 
and fulfill the 
desires of his heart. 
As parents we 
helped him finan- 
cially and emotion- 

Ngata's family 
does a pretty good 
'job of keeping in 

&0 Ngata! Last year at Odessa, Texas for Nationals, Ngata's friends and touch. Ngata says, 
team members cheer him on as he runs the 1500 meters and finishes first. "We e-mail every 

Ngata says, "My vision is to From le fi to ri g ht: Randy Keys, Iowa sophomore, Kyle Robbins, Oklahoma (J a y ? an( } talk on the 
see that people are all together so P nomore > Noah Moose, Salina sophomore, Jimmy Swogger, El Dorado soph- telephone about 

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spiritually, by knowing God: three times each 

who is merciful, caring and 

who changes people." sick. I miss my parents and my 

Other than God, family is also brothers and sisters a lot." 

important to Ngata. He says, "I Ngata's family says in an e-mail 

He has not been back to Kenya 
yet, but he looks forward to being 
able to go this summer. 

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Women's cross-country- 1 st at Nationals 
Men's cross-country- 4th at Nationals 

Coach Kirk Hunter- Region VI Women's 
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We Scream for Ice Cream 

Butler students, at the right, dip some ice 
cream out of the freezer to add to their meals 
at the school cafeteria. Ice cream is just one 
of the several food items that students, visitors 
and faculty can choose from in the cafeteria 
as part of their meal. 

Serving it up 

At the bottom, cafeteria worker Patricia 
Howard serves up the main course to Tom 
Erwin, chief information officer. 
Howard has worked at the cafeteria for four 
months. Her favorite part of her job is the stu- 
dents that come through the lunch line. 

Midday, 1 1:30 a.m., it is time 
to grab a bite to eat. Many Butler 
students go for a "Great Western 
Dining" experience. They head to 
the school cafeteria. 

The students are offered many 
options for all meals. Breakfast is 
served Monday through Friday 
from 7:15-8:30 a.m. and includes 
cereals, eggs, bacon, French toast 
and other choices. There is also a 
continental breakfast that is served 
from 8:30-9 a.m., which has cere- 
al, toast, donuts, pastries and other 
food items to offer the hungry peo- 

Lunch begins at 1 1:30 and lasts 
until 1 p.m. The daily lunch menu 
revolves around four cycles of dif- 
ferent menus. Every menu has to 
meet the daily requirements of 
nutritional values. 

Dinner is served from 5-6:30 
p.m. on Monday through 
Thursday. On Friday and the 
weekends, dinner ends at 6 p.m. 

According to Jay Menze, 
Director of Food Service, "It costs 
the school an average of $6,800 
and $7,000 per week" to feed 
hungry Butler students and 

The provider for the cafeteria 
food and supplies is Sysco out of 
Kansas City, which is the largest 
wholesaler in the nation. The 






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supplies come in twice a week 
on Tuesday and Friday at 6 a.m. 

Like many restaurants and 
cafeterias, Butler County 
Community College's cafeteria 
runs out of supplies and foods 
every so often. "It may happen 
once or twice a week," says 

The staff of student workers 
gives him few problems, he 
says. There rarely is a case in 
which a student worker's atti- 
tude is bad, he adds. 

Menze says, "The biggest 
problem is when conflicts arise 
that interfere with their normal 
work schedules." For example, 
music students are the ones who 
usually run into these problems 
because there are many events in 
which they participate and these 
events often are all day activities 
such as going to the state fair in 

Butler students can enjoy a 
"Great Western Dining" experi- 
ence along with parents, faculty 
and various other guests. 

Story and Photos 
by Josie Bartel 

Early Morning 

At 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday, 
Don Peddle (left) and Kenny Scott 
(top) come to Butler County 
Community College to give supplies 
to the cafeteria. 

Peddle is with the El Dorado Dairy. 
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for a year since Oct. 27. This is just one of the many 
photos they have of them spending time together. 
(Courtesy Photo) 

"My favorite thing that my boyfriend Andrew 
has done for me is what he did after looking 
around at David's Bridal. Andrew and I had 
just left from Barnes and Noble to go to 
David's Bridal to look at dresses for fun. 
When we were done looking at dresses I sat 
down in my car, and he knelt down by the 
driver's side. As he looked me in the eyes he 
told me, that out of all the people he's met in 
his life, he had never met anyone as beautiful, 
or as fun to be with, as me. Then, he told me 
I made him the happiest he's ever been in his 
life and that no one has touched his heart the 
way I have. Then he told me he was falling in 
love with me!" 

Laurie Calvin, 19, Butler freshman 


It was just a typical day like any other, 1 
went to go join some friends for a few 
rounds of pool. A bunch of my friends 
were there as well as some other people. 
One person in particular that was there 
was Laurie. It was all fun and games until 
Laurie tried to push me towards the pool 
table so I would take my turn. She 
pressed her fingers and palm against my 
shoulder and with the warm feeling in my 
chest and the sound of my heart pounding 
I knew I was falling in love. A couple of 
months later I finally had the courage to 
tell her what she did to me that night, and 
ever since we've been inseparable." 

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"It was my birthday and I was sitting in 
my classroom at school. I heard someone 
knocking at the door and in came my 
boyfriend from Kansas City with a dozen 
roses! So then I left the school and he 
took me on a walk at Riverside Park in 
Wichita. After that we had a picnic with 
all my favorite foods such as 
strawberries covered with chocolate, 
fried chicken and mashed potatoes. It 
was so sweet I couldn't believe that he 
did that forme!" 

Anonymous, 18, Butler freshman 

"It was my birthday and our six-month 
anniversary. My girlfriend told me to 
come over because she had a surprise for 
me. Then she blindfolded me and we got 
in the car. I didn't know it at the time, 
but she stopped by Olive Garden to get 
my favorite food and then took me to a 
picnic table where she had set up a can- 
dlelight dinner. After that we went on a 
walk along a river and just talked." 

Seth Gonzales, 19, Butler sophomore 

"For graduation from Northwest High 
School my girlfriend had gotten me three 
different presents. The first one was a 
bear with a heart on it with our names in 
the middle. Then she sprayed it with her 
perfume so when I went to sleep at night I 
could smell it. The second one was a 
two-page letter about how sweet she 
thought I was and how I was her soul- 
mate. Lastly, she got me a necklace with 
her class ring on it so when I looked 
down I could always remember her." 

Chase Gibson, 18, Butler freshman 

"One day I was driving with my girl- 
friend and we drove by a field. I asked 
her to stop and she wondered why but I 
wouldn't tell her. Then I got out and 
picked a flower from the field and gave 
it to her." 

Ra' Shawn Mosley, 18, Butler freshman 

"On our six-month anniversary the guy 
that I was dating had a softball game so 
we weren't able to go out and do any- 
thing. I went to his house before the 
game so I could go with him and I 
thought that he totally forgot our 
anniversary. When I was at the game I 
went to get something at the concession 
stand and when I reached in my pocket 
there was a folded up piece of paper 
with a poem he had written. It turned 
out he hadn't forgotten at all. and had 
slipped the poem into my pocket!" 

Shirena McReynolds, 19, Butler 

"It was a hot summer day at the lake. 
My boyfriend, Joe, and I were relaxing 
in the cool water. He stood there with 
his strong arms around my body. I felt 
like I had an angel over me. The sweet 
words out of his mouth were like a 
melody of praises to my ears. Softly he 
spoke and told me how beautiful I was. 
It was the first time that he ever told 
me that he loved me, and that he was 
looking for me his whole life. Then he 
brushed his fingers through my hair 
and kissed me. From that moment on, I 
knew Joe was the one for me". 

Jacqueline McKinley, 19, Butler 


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A Day in a Wheelchair 

This article is solely the opinion of the 

Story by Shila Young 

Shirena McReynolds, 
Leon sophomore 

Have you ever had to park at the back or 
very end of a parking lot on campus? Or have 
you ever needed to get across campus for a 
class only to find that the handicapped accessi- 
ble door won't work? Have you ever had to go 
up or come down a slanted sidewalk on ice? 
For those of you who have done the above, I 
send my deepest apologies. 

Why, you ask? Recently, I spent some time 
in a wheelchair to see what kinds of reaction 
people have and whether or not the campus was 
equipped. The experience really opened my 
eyes. I've got one word for some 
people... RUDE! Not all were rude, but there 
are those few. Let me explain! 

This all came about when a gentleman in a 
wheelchair went to the Lantern newspaper staff 
and brought up the subject of parking and peo- 
ple taking handicapped spaces on campus. I, for 
the life of me, couldn't figure out why he would 
be upset. So what if someone got a closer park- 
ing spot to his or her class, I thought. Those 
spots are designated for someone else, but who 
cares, right? I just couldn't figure it out. 

I spent part of a day in a wheelchair. I don't 

think I can honestly describe the whole event. It's one 
of those things you have to experience to really 

I spent almost two hours in the wheelchair and 
then had a friend spend an hour in it to get two dif- 
ferent perspectives. Out of those three hours, a total 
of two people stopped and offered any type of assis- 
tance to me. Shirena McReynolds, Leon sophomore, 
said, "My mommy raised me right." 

Now I know what you are thinking, 'Someone in 
a wheelchair might take offense to being offered any 
help.' But offering some is better than offering none 
at all. 

Is it bad that only a few offered help? Well, no, 
but isn't it polite to offer help to everyone with as 
simple a task as opening a door? 

Let's look at it another way. If two people walked 
up to a door and one held it open for another, would 
you take offense to that or would something like that 
bother you? Not likely. You know why? Because 
when two people walk up to a door and one holds it 
open for another, they don't think 'Hey, that person is 
lazy or that person can't do anything for themselves... 
No, they think 'This person is being polite and help- 
ful.' So why not do that with everyone instead of 
those selected few? 

Come on people. . .being polite is not that difficult. 
I know I've done it. You know, to tell you the truth, 
when I was in the wheelchair I actually felt more 
comfortable saying hello to people who walked by 
then I ever had before. I know, it's weird. You'd think 
that being in that position I would feel self-conscious 
and uncomfortable. Although I did feel the frustra- 
tion and annoyance at times, I also felt that people 
were kind of staring at me. Or maybe it was all in my 

From my experience it seems people in wheel- 
chairs have an amazing amount of physical and men- 
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hour or so and my arms were already quite sore. 
My back hurt and my hands were freezing. I give 
them kudos because I honestly don't think I 
would have the strength to handle it on a full- 
time basis. 

Life is too short to exclude people or make 
assumptions about one another. Honestly, I think 
everyone should spend some time in a wheel- 
chair. I can't even begin to tell you the impact it 
had on me. 

I decided to take my pursuit around campus 
and this is some of what I found. Going up or 
down some of the sidewalks is not the easiest in 
the world. Those specific sidewalks on campus 
are the ones going into Bear Necessities snack 
bar and the other is right in front of the 1 00 
building going to or coming from the west park- 
ing lot. I was terrified to go down them both. 
Let's just say I will never ever try that again. 
Granted, there are other routes that can be taken, 
but just like everyone else, we all want to get the 
closest we can to the buildings we have classes 

The sidewalks are just the tip of the ice- 
berg. . .If you can picture yourself in a wheelchair, 
think of being late for class and all the doors that 
are supposed to be accessible to you are on the 
other side of almost every building. Or how about 
when they don't work? Believe it or not this did 
happen to me. 

Now if you're reading this right now and you 
feel like you are being attacked, that is not my 
intention. I apologize right now if that is the way 
it comes across. No, all I want to do is make you 
aware of the situation. There was a quote in 
"Forrest Gump" when he had just gotten braces 
on his legs. His mother told him. . ."If God want- 
ed everybody to be the same we would all have 
braces on our legs." I think that seems to fit right 
now. If we are all supposed to be the same we 
would all be in wheelchairs... however, we are 

Does that mean that someone in a wheelchair 
is any more special than someone who isn't? No, 
not at all. Does that mean that someone who isn't 
in a wheelchair is any more special than someone 
who is? Again. . .NO! All that means is that each 
of us is different in his or her own way and we 
shouldn't be on someone's case just because 
they're a little different. 

Help is on the way - Shirena McReynolds offers a helping 
hand while Cody Winkleman works his way through the 
door in the Mass Media Resource office. (Photo by Shila 

More often than not we try and judge other peo- 
ple a little too quickly. I am guilty of it. I'll admit it 
right now. I have jumped to conclusions quite a few 
times. If it wasn't for my friends, though, who so 
graciously put me back in my place, I think that I 
would be going through life assuming people are 
one way when in fact they are the complete oppo- 

Call me crazy, but I actually liked having this 
experience. Not because it gave me something to 
write about because everyone knows I don't really 
write about anything. I just write. No, I liked this 
experience because it put the shoe on the other foot. 
I got to see the world from a different angle. I actu- 
ally liked that. 

As I sit here and write this article I wonder if 
there will come a day when I might have to be in a 
wheelchair. I pray I won't, but no one knows his or 
her own future. If the day comes that it does hap- 
pen, I hope that people will have the decency to 
offer help when they see someone in need. Granted, 
I wouldn't myself want to be pitied, but like I said 
in the beginning, offering some help is better than 
offering no help at all. 

I guess what I am asking everyone to do is to 
really think about this the next time you decide to 
take a handicapped spot or see someone in a wheel- 
chair and don't offer any help. Think about how 
you might feel if you were in that position, because 
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Top Right 

Watch out for the Pole! 

Trying to prevent herself from running into the pole. 
Shila Young on her way to Bear Necessities. 

Bottom Photo 

Inside the 1500 building. 

Shila Young pushing the elevator button to go to the 
top floor of the 1500 building. 



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Butler S Own. The skyline created by the welding students as it looks by day. The memorial stands on the lawn of the 
Missouri-Pacific Train Depot. The best view can be acquired on North Main and Third Street. (Photo by Misty Turner) 

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In remembrance of the tragic events 
that occurred Sept. 1 1, 2001, the Butler 
welding class constructed a 24-footlong 
lighted iron outline of the New York 
skyline, including the twin towers. 

This project was brought about by 
Dick Morris, co-owner of the Kirby- 
Morris Funeral Home in El Dorado. 
Fourteen welding students, with help 
from instructor Matt Galbralth and his 
assistant David Tucker, agreed to take 
on the project. 

For two weeks, and a total of seven 
class periods, the students worked 
tediously to complete the skyline. 

The memorial is now located on the 
north half of Main Street. It is estab- 
lished on the Commerative Garden, 

created by Morris shortly after the 
attacks on America. He wanted a more 
permanent memorial, and one that wasn't 
dependent on the weather, like the red, 
white and blue flowers that made 
up the garden. Both lie on the lawn of 
the Missouri-Pacific Train Depot. 

The memorial was constucted out of 
1-1/2-inch 1 1 -gauge square tubing. It is 
14 feet high at its tallest point, that 
being the antenna on top of the tower. 

Through an affiliation with the 
National Funeral Director's Association 
called "Pursuit of Excellence," the dis- 
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that helped create the memorial skyline 

Heath Brouun 
Brian Flint 
Ryan Duren 
Clay Casum 
Jud Gulich 
Clay Holmes 
Cric Johnson 

Carter Lee 
Lee Mitchell 
Terry Mos 
Ryan Oliver 
Heath Samuels 
Randy Travnicek 
Robert Verbic 

Night VlSlOtl. A memorial for the more than 3,000 people that perished in the Sept. 11 attacks. Above it are the words meant to last a life- 
time. It took seven class periods, over two weeks, for the 14 members of the welding department to complete it. Not far from the memorial is a 
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the season we faced a lot of adversity and we 

overcame it. In those times of adversity the coaches had a 

phrased acronym, F.I.D.O., which meant to 'Forget It and Drive 

On/ Considering the fact that we are the Jayhawk Conference 

Champions and Region VI Champions, we obviously forgot 

about a Tot of things and drove on. The most important thing is 

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